03/07/12A Most Happy Stella

Walking into the main stage at WaterTower, I was confronted with a jazz combo headed by Rebecca Cordes (who wrote the musical The Great White Way with Parr, seen at last years festival). Cordes knew exactly when to step back and let the be-dreaded bass player and the cool trumpet of her bandmates shine, and shine they did.

03/05/12Wrong Day's Journey

Providing the soundtrack for this madcap collection of conundrums is the Plus One Jazz Group led by pianist/composer Rebecca Cordes with drummer John Allnutt, bassist Brian Casey and trumpeter Jason Webb. Along with the final musical number the group also provides backing for a several musical interstitials, including a sultry version of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" performed by Serber.